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October 2022
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Teófilo Islas Licona

Mr. Teófilo Islas Licona was born in Mexico City, Mexico.  He was the oldest son of Natalia Licona Amaro and Severo Islas.  Mr. Islas Licona studied grade school in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico and he returned to Mexico City to study Jr. High and High School.  At the age of 18, 1942, he was drafted by the first Mexican army regiment formed as a result of World War II and completed his year of service with honors.  A few years later, he traveled to the United Sates through the Bracero Program and worked in the construction of the railroads. He returned Mexico, and in January of 1950 he married Inés Calzada Piedras.  Together they had six children (Ramón, Alfredo, Federico, Olga, Susana y Francisco) and lived a life full of challenges and blessings.  In using their talents and in complementing each other in their work, their faith, their dreams, their recreational activities and their quest for happiness, they educated their children and served their relatives, friends and neighbors.  In 1972 Mr. Islas Licona migrated to Phoenix, Arizona with his oldest son and a year later brought his wife and his three youngest children to the United States pursuing the American dream while entrusting his older children to the care of Our Lady of Guadalupe as they continued their education and their lives in Mexico City.  His training and experience allowed Mr. Islas to perform the job of an electrician in the South Mountain School District in Phoenix Arizona.  At the age of 65 he retired and continued using his skills to make significant modifications and enhancements to his home as well as continued offering his children, his relatives and his neighbors his support. Throughout his retirement, Mr. Islas and his wife lived in New River, Arizona, in San José, California, in Beverly Hills, Florida, y finally in Phoenix, Arizona.  May Mr. Islas rest in peace as he is guided by our blessed mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe to the loving arms of our Lord Jesus.  May her prayers for us lead us all, his family and friends, meet at the great celestial banquet of our beloved of God, where la gran fiesta will continue!

 

Teófilo Islas Licona nació en México Distrito Federal, México.  Fue el hijo mayor de Natalia Licona Amaro y Severo Islas.  El Sr. Islas cursó su primaria en Pachuca, Hidalgo y regresó a la Ciudad de México a estudiar la secundaria y preparatoria.  A los 18 de edad, en 1942, formó parte del primer regimiento del ejército mexicano formado como respuesta a la Segunda Guerra Mundial.  Algunos años después viajó a los Estados Unidos con el programa de braceros y trabajó en la construcción de las vías del ferrocarril.  Regresó a la ciudad de México, y en enero de 1950 se casó con la Srita. Inés Calzada Piedras.  Juntos tuvieron seis hijos (Ramón, Alfredo, Federico, Olga, Susana y Francisco) y vivieron una vida llena de retos, pero significativa en la que sus talentos, sus valores y sus bendiciones les permitieron complementarse uno al otro en su trabajo, su fe, sus sueños, sus actividades de recreo y su búsquda por la felicidad.  En 1972 el Sr. Islas emigró a Phoenix, Arizona con su hijo más grande y un año después trajo a su esposa y a sus tres hijos más chicos a los Estados Unidos siguiendo el sueño americano y confiando a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe a sus hijos más grandes para que continuaran su educación y sus vidas en la Ciudad de México.  Sus conocimientos y experiencia le permitieron al Sr. Islas efectuar el trabajo de electricista en el sistema de escuelas de South Mountain en Phoenix, Arizona.  A los 65 años de edad, se retiró y continuó utilizando sus conocimientos para hacer arreglos significativos a su casa y para ayudar a sus hijos, familiares y vecinos.  Después de su jubilación, el Sr. Islas y su esposa vivieron en New River, Arizona, en San José, California, en Beverly Hills, Florida, y finalmente en Phoenix, Arizona.  Descase en paz, el Sr. Islas.  Pedimos a Dios que él sea recibido por los ángeles y María Santísima al banquete celestial donde esperamos reunirnos todos y gozar de la vida eterna en la presencia del Santísimo.

George Eucker

Mr. George Allen Eucker, 81 of Tolleson, Arizona died October 23, 2022 in Tolleson, Arizona. He was born January 22, 1941 in Rockton, Illinois to George J. Eucker and Doris Eucker, both of whom predeceased him. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond Eucker, Kenneth Eucker, Robert Eucker, Eugene Eucker, and Roger Eucker; and sisters, Lois Eucker and Marion Stauffacher. He is survived by his wife, Purita V. Eucker; daughters Josielyn Kaai, Joyce Lara, and Janice Lawson; and his sister, Betty Runaas. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, his extended family, and friends.

George grew up on a farm in South Beloit, Wisconsin alongside his eight siblings. He was a veteran of the United States Navy where he proudly served from 1958 to 1977. His last duty station was on the USS Dixon before he received an Honorable Service Discharge at the rank of HT1, Hull Maintenance Technician, Petty Officer First Class. While in service to his country, he received four Good Conduct awards, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device. He received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He used that degree to work Physical Security for the Department of the Navy for 25 years at Naval Base San Diego.

In his free time, George enjoyed camping, fishing, coin collecting, Native American art, and watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and criminal drama shows. But nothing could surpass his love for his family. George cherished spending time with his wife, and loved having visits with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Home in Goodyear, Arizona. A funeral service will be held at 10AM on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Goodyear Arizona. Burial will take place at 12:30PM, Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Vera Conkey

Vera Conkey of Avondale, Arizona died October 22, 2022 at the age of 90 years. She was born on January 28, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa to Ivan Miller and Mable (nee Grimm) Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Walter Conkey and grandson, Christopher Rice. She is survived by her daughters, Peggy (Jamie) Helminiak, Robin Rice, and Jeri (Richard) Burns; son Brian Conkey; sister, Jane Miller; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Vera was born and raised in Des Moine, Iowa. She married Walter Conkey on June 25, 1950. They were married for 39 years before his passing in 1989. Together, they raised four children; three daughters and a son. Vera moved to Arizona in 1999. Vera was a loving wife, mother, and friend. She never met a stranger and was known by all to be a respectful (but still sassy) and sweet lady.
Vera lived a full life. She was a great cook, but her best recipes were hot fudge pudding and shepherd’s pie. She worked at both venues for the Arizona Coyotes and Diamondbacks. She also volunteered at Banner Estrella and at hospitals in California before then. Vera spent her free time bowling in several leagues over the years, working crossword puzzles, and watching the lightning displays during storms. What Vera really loved though was travelling. She enjoyed long trips in an RV and managed to travel to all 50 states. Her daughters Peggy and Robin went on a trip to Europe with her as well.
She loved her family and was always present in her children’s lives. In fact, her proudest achievement were her children, eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Vera was known to be very caring and loving, but also feisty and independent. She had a great sense of humor and had a feisty personality.
A service will be held at 2PM, Saturday, November 5 at Avondale Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Avondale Baptist Church.

Helen June Hilderbrand

Helen June Hilderbrand, 90, died September 29, 2022, with her family by her side in Goodyear, Arizona.

She was born June 16, 1932, in Stigler, Oklahoma to Sequoyah Kenneth Coodey & Helen Jean Coodey, along with 9 siblings. They moved to Bakersfield, California in 1946.

In 1950 Helen married Earl Hilderbrand, her husband of 65 years. They moved to San Diego and lived in their family home in Santee, California for over 40 years. Together they had 2 children, Mikal & Darlene. June worked at Alturdyne for over 20 years, while her husband was a machinist. After retirement she worked tirelessly on her genealogy timeline, very proud of her family’s heritage, especially the Coodey name.

Helen devoted much of her time and energy to her beloved family, her massive garden in Santee, drinking her famous black coffee and debating politics.
Mrs. Hilderbrand is survived by her son, Mikal Hilderbrand; and grandchildren, Aaron Hilderbrand, Jennifer Polansky & Michelle Mccain, and 5 grand-children.

Francisca Plasencio

Francisca Magdalena Plasencio, 79, of Tolleson, Arizona passed peacefully on Thursday, October 20, 2022, surrounded by many who loved and cared for her throughout the years.  Family and friends visiting shared pleasant memories and stories bringing a warm brightness around her during her final hours at home.

Francisca was born in El Paso, Texas on Monday, October 4, 1943, to Ms. Josefina Jacques and raised with her grandparents, Lorenza and Jose Plasencio.

Francisca, also known as “Nena” in El Paso, and “Frances” in Arizona, began each morning drinking a hot cup of instant coffee, reading the newspaper, or watching TV as she enjoyed eating her “chu-che-rias.”

She also enjoyed cooking for family, playing cards, spending long nights laughing and sharing stories while drinking a baby beer or two, or three…and last, but not least, snuggling with her beloved Maltipoochon, Dingo.

Francisca worked as a seamstress/machine operator from an early age and retired proudly at the age of 76 from Serta Simmons Bedding, where she shared many special moments throughout the years with her work family who loved her dearly.

Also known for her elegance, Francisca never left home without her lipstick, long colorful nails, and always matching from head to toe with her Skretchers (not a typo), or her sneakers with a sheckmark (again, not a typo J.)   Coworkers shared how impressed they were with her skill and ability to work as a machine operator with “those beautiful nails.”  Pushing buttons on the casino machines with “fresh” nails was one of her favorite pastimes, especially when she won, very lucky lady!!!

Francisca is survived by five children, Jose Sam Plasencio, Edna Gomez-Green, Enrique “Henry” Gomez III, Raymundo Gomez, and Laurie Ann Plasencio, for whom she always reserved a special place in her heart.

She is also survived by daughter-in-law Yvonne, wife to Sam Plasencio; Jessie, husband to Edna Gomez-Green; Irene, wife to Henry Gomez; and Monica, wife to Raymundo Gomez.

Known as Nana and Nana-Nana, Francisca is blessed with 20+ grandchildren, Sam: Sam, Steven, Jojo, Yvette, Mario, and Marie; Edna: Michael, Valerie, MickeyNicole, Anthony, Jessielee, Cole, Mia, BJ and Frank; Henry: Eric, Marissa, and Cynthia, Oscar, and Daisy; Ray: Blake, Dominic, Alex, Damien, and Emi Rae; and Laurie: Eric and Brian.  Great-grandchildren including Benson, Rae, Isla, Sandi, Juliette, Zoe, Gabe, Dallas, Angela, Junior, Ricky, Barrett, Jaxson, Olivia, and many, many more.

From your children, “Mom, we love you and you will be missed dearly.” And now from us to you,

“QUE DIOS LA BENDIGA”

A Celebration of Life service for Francisca will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at Thompson Funeral Home located at 926 S Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona 85338. The service is open to all family, friends, and those who were touched by Francisca throughout the years and wish to share in her celebration.  Flowers and condolences can be sent directly to the family, or to Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Abel Olivarez

Abel Olivarez of Goodyear, Arizona died October 23, 2022. He was born November 7, 1985 in Phoenix, Arizona to Abel Ortiz and Rebecca Olivarez.

A visitation will be held at 6pm on November 3, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.

 

Velma Joann Mylar

Our beautiful mother, Velma Joann Mylar passed away on October 22, 2022 at the age of 85. She was born April 4, 1937. She was well loved by family and friends and was a wonderful mother. She was always there when you needed her. Joann lived in Phoenix, Arizona up until her passing. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Brown, her husband, William Mylar, and son, Michael Carter. Joann leaves behind her daughter, Susan Hilburn, brother, Les (Donna) Patton, granddaughter, Haylie Hilburn, grandson William (Danielle) Brown, granddaughter Jennifer Brown, and two great-grandsons, Kayden and Dylan along with many wonderful friends that she loved to spend time with. She will be greatly missed.

We love you, Mom.

A visitation will be held at 8AM on Tuesday, November 1 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at West Resthaven Park Cemetery.

Maria Anglin

Maria Luisa Anglin, 87 of Goodyear, Arizona died October 21, 2022. She was born June 24, 1935 in Guatemala, Centra America to Guillermino Figueroa Corleto and Luz Rivas Paredes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duke R. Anglin; parents Luz Rivas Paredes and Guillermino Figueroa Corleto; and brothers, Orlando Figueroa Rivas, Raul Rivas, Jose G. Figueroa Rivas, and Romeo A. Figueroa Rivas. She is survived by her daughter, Miriam Thacker-Grams; son, Hector Velazquez; sisters, Elva R. Figueroa Rivas and Gladys J. Figueroa Rivas; and brothers, Oscar Figueroa Rivas, and Rodolfo L. Figueroa Rivas. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Hector Velazquez, Jr., Angie Velazquez, Jacqueline Thacker, Michael Thacker, and Madison Grams and 5 great-grandchildren, Alexzandria Velazquez, Giovanna Hildalgo Velazquez, Maya Velazquez, Mateo Hildalgo Velazquez, and Jack Thacker.
A visitation will be held at 6PM on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Thompson Funeral Chapel.
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Maria Luisa Anglin, 87 de Goodyear, Arizona murió el 21 de octubre de 2022. Nació el 24 de junio de 1935 en Guatemala, Centro America hija de Guillermino Figueroa Corleto y Luz Rivas Paredes.
Le precedieron en la muerte su esposo, Duke R. Anglin; sus padres Luz Rivas Paredes y Guillermino Figueroa Corleto; y sus hermanos Orlando Figueroa Rivas, Raúl Rivas, José G. Figueroa Rivas y Romeo A. Figueroa Rivas. Le sobreviven su hija, Miriam Thacker-Grams; su hijo, Héctor Velázquez; hermanas, Elva R. Figueroa Rivas y Gladys J. Figueroa Rivas; hermanos Oscar Figueroa Rivas y Rodolfo L. Figueroa Rivas. También le sobreviven cinco nietos, Héctor Velazquez, Jr., Angie Velazquez, Jacqueline Thacker, Michael Thacker y Madison Grams y cinco bisnietos, Alexzandria Velazquez, Giovanna Hildalgo Velazquez, Maya Velazquez, Mateo Hildalgo Velazquez y Jack Thacker.
El velorio se llevará a cabo a las 6 p. m. el sábado 29 de octubre de 2022 en Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Jack Spencer

Jack Milton Spencer, age 69, a resident of Ajo, Arizona, passed away at 11:30pm on October 4, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born October 10, 1952 to his mother Verele Gladys Thomas and father Raymond George Spencer in Portland, Oregon. Jack was born and raised in Oregon and moved to Arizona in 2017 with his wife and family. He was a wonderful, loving father who always enjoyed talking about fishing and hunting.

He had many jobs; mainly dealing with driving trucks long and short haul. Jack served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1973. His favorite things that he loved doing were fishing for trout and going hunting for Elk along with caring for his nine chickens and three roosters at his home in Ajo, Arizona. One of his favorite memories that he always mentioned was when he got to go fishing in the ocean with an old friend – which always seemed to happen yearly.

Jack was called dad by many people like Raymond Spencer, Billy Spencer, and Amy Miller, along with many younger family and friends that adored hm and always loved to be around him. Jack is survived by his daughter, Holly spencer; and his brothers Joseph Spencer and Raymond Spencer. He also left behind dogs, a cat, and chickens. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Spencer, both of his parents, and all but two of his siblings.

A memorial will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel at 2:30pm on Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona.

Esther Huggins

Esther Huggins of Reno, Nevada died October 18, 2022 at the age of 99. She was born November 25, 1922 in Concordia, Kansas to Clark Green and Piety (nee’ Scott) Green.

Burial will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Covina, California.

Esperanza Gamez

Esperanza Gamez, known to many as “Espy” was born in El Paso, Texas but spent most of her life growing up in Tolleson, Arizona. She was one of 11 children born to Jose and Aurora Soltero.
In Tolleson, she met her future husband, Hector. They were married and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Espy and Hector both worked for Maricopa County. They raised two children, Hector Jr. and Erica. They were parishioners at SS. Simon and Jude in Phoenix. Hector and Espy spent several years attending sporting events and supporting St. Mary’s High School, Verrado High School, and Canyon View High School.
After retiring from the state, Espy took on her role as “Nana” to her grandchildren, Maria Isabel, Maverick, Blake, and Olivia.
Espy enjoyed reading, music, dancing, and shopping.
She will be missed, but is now at peace with her Heavenly Father.
Be sure to hug your loved ones a little tighter and tell them you love them. And remember what Espy would always say, “Behave, and enjoy life.”
A mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 10:30am on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Caden Williamson

Mr. Caden Parker Williamson, 18 of Grants Pass, Oregon died October 2, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona. He was born December 5, 2003 in Grants Pass, Oregon to Eric Williamson and Dori L. Williamson. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John D. Parker Sr. and grandfather Lee W. Frakes. He is survived by his parents, Eric and Dori Williamson, brother Trent W. Romey, grandmother Donna M. Frakes, and grandmother Rosemarie Parker.

Caden Parker Williamson was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon. He lived his entire life with his mom, Dori and dad, Eric in the same home and his same bedroom with all his same group of friends ad beloved football team at Grants Pass High School #76. Caden graduated June 2022 and left for Goodyear, Arizona to attend his dream school: Universal Technical Institute. On October 2, 2022, only 3 months after moving to Arizona, Caden was killed on his motorcycle by an unlicensed and/or uninsured minor driving. Caden was kind and stood up for the rights of others. Caden loved his school, his friends, motorcycles, and T600’s.

A funeral service is being planned for a later date in Grants Pass, Oregon. Burial will take place at Hillcrest Memorial in Grants Pass, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Families Memorial Fund in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Trinna Graziani

Trinna Graziani, 79, of Avondale, Arizona died October 20, 2022 in Peoria, Arizona after a nine-month illness of congestive heart failure and ensuing complications.

Trinna was born December 22, 1942 in Cold Spring, Kentucky to John W. and Lesta Graziani. She was raised in Northern Kentucky where she completed her elementary and high school education. Trina was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Cold Spring where she sang in their choir and taught Sunday school classes.

She received a B.A. from Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky and taught English in high school for two years. In 1966, she moved to Arizona with her sister, Thelma. She then attended a summer of intensive study of French at Coe College, Iowa. Trinna then taught high school French for over 30 years at Agua Fria Union High School. She received an M.A. in English Education from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

Trinna was a member of the North Phoenix Baptist church for over 50 years and sang in the choir there. She also sang in a community choir for many years. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, traveling, playing table games (especially bridge), reading novels, and doing embroidery and other needlework.

Trinna was preceded in death by her father, John W. Graziani; brother, John W. Graziani Jr.; and her mother, Lesta Graziani. She is survived by her sister, Thelma Graziani; brother, Robert D. Graziani; and a large extended family.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A visitation will be held at 1PM on Friday, October 28 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Heart Association and Hospice of the Valley.

Bob Scanlan

Robert E. Scanlan, 80, of Waddell, Arizona passed away 10/20/2022. “Bob” was born in Salamanca, N.Y. He leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Shirley Scanlan, two step-kids Scott Allen and Jody Allen, son Kenny Scanlan, a niece Sandy Ludwick, and many nieces and nephews.

He will be dearly missed.

Funeral services will be at Thompson Funeral Chapel at 1pm, Thursday, October 27.

Tammy Sue Felix

Mrs. Tammy Sue Felix of Goodyear, Arizona died October 9, 2022 at the age of 47. She was born April 15, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona to Deborah Savage and Thomas Baughman, and was raised by Deborah and Ray Crouch.

Tammy was a loving and caring wife. She loved her children, Ireland and Ian with all her heart. Her dogs Renesmee, Ella, Charlie, and Lil’Man were her world. Frank and Tammy were married for nine years and enjoyed taking the dogs for walks together. She had a tender heart and loved being around children and taking care of others.

She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Tammy is survived by her husband, Frank Felix; mother, Deborah Savage; daughter, Ireland McKenzie Dunham; son, Ian Patrick Dunham; sisters, Cassie Casper and Shawna Underwood; and one granddaughter, Penelope Everett Startzel.

A visitation will be held at 6PM, Monday, October 24 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will take place at 9:30AM, Tuesday, October 25 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at 11:30AM at West Resthaven Park Cemetery.

 

Rhiannon Hipp

Mrs. Rhiannon Hipp, 42, of Buckeye, Arizona died October 10, 2022 in Buckeye, Arizona. She was born June 1, 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona to Oscar Gonzalez and Marguerite Hayes. She is survived by her husband of two years, Matthew Hipp; mother and step-father Marguerite Hayes and Art Singleterry; father and step-mother Oscar Gonzalez and JoAnn Munoz; brother, Justin (Deana) Gonzalez; and sisters, Aimee (AJ) Young and Salina Gonzalez.

Rhiannon was raised in Gila Bend, where she was very close with her siblings and cousins. She attended Gila Bend elementary school and graduated from Gila Bend high school. After high school, she went on to work at the Barry M Goldwater range as a range control technician for over 10 years. It was her favorite job. She also worked for Hickman family farms for several years. After dating for 12 years, she married Matt in February of 2020.

Rhiannon was quiet and shy, but could also be the life of the party. She enjoyed being silly and pranking her sister, Aimee. Her entire life, she enjoyed caring for and riding her horses. If she wasn’t with her horses, she could be found at target practice or with those she loved. She would spend time with her friends and family. She would spend time with her nana and tata, get coffee with her sister, Aimee, and go fishing with her husband (where she always caught bigger fish than him). She adored holidays and camping with her family, and watching her brother team rope. She also loved spoiling her nieces and nephews. Rhiannon cooked meals and baked for her family as a way to show her love for them. And nobody can deny her love for her dogs Ruger and Magnum and especially her horse, Jericho.

Rhiannon will be remembered for kind heart, loving soul, and big smile. She loved everyone, and she loved deeply for them. Losing her has left a void in the universe that is impossible to fill. Her memory will live forever in our hearts.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 22 at Grace Fellowship Church.

Jose de Jesus Marquez Castañeda “Chuyo”

José de Jesús Márquez Castañeda “Chuyo” de 32 años, nacido en Phoenix, Arizona el 24 de agosto de 1990. Falleció el sábado 8 de octubre de 2022 en Avondale, Arizona.

José era un joven cariñoso y afectuoso, tenía muchas pasiones, pero su favorita era el arte. Le encantaba escribir, leer, dibujar y tenía innumerables cuadernos de bocetos que llenaba con su comunicación visual favorita: el arte callejero. Diría que ese era su pasatiempo favorito, le encantaba expresarse a través del arte. Además, le encantaba escuchar música, jugar baloncesto, disfrutaba hacer ejercicio y salir con amigos.
José era muy organizado, muy detallista, como él mismo diría que era un perfeccionista. Por ejemplo, nunca saldría de casa sin planchar su ropa, específicamente su camisa. Se preocupaba mucho por su apariencia, nuevamente con él siendo un perfeccionista, su cabello. Si su cabello no era como él quería que fuera, no estaba contento y lo arreglaba hasta que estaba feliz, entonces continuaba con su rutina.
Se consideraba a sí mismo como una persona espiritual, y citando “todo sucede por una razón”. Si realmente quería algo, pequeño o grande, hacía todo lo posible por conseguirlo. Tenía un amor incondicional por sus hijos, adoraba absolutamente a sus bebés. Fueron su mayor inspiración y motivación para seguir adelante todos los días.
Le sobreviven sus padres Jesús Márquez y Solia Castañeda. Sus hijos Stonie y Ryder Márquez y su hija Jerzey Márquez, madre de sus hijos Talia Colorado. Sus dos hermanos menores Oscar y David Marquez y sus tres hermanas menores Jasmine, Noemi y Berenice Marquez.

Se llevará a cabo un velorio el miércoles 26 de octubre de 2022 de 6:30 p. m. a 9:00 p. m. con un rosario que comenzará aproximadamente a las 7:15 p. m. en Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338.
Se llevará a cabo una misa fúnebre a las 10:00 am el jueves 27 de octubre de 2022 en la iglesia católica St. John Vianney 800 W Loma Linda Blvd, Goodyear AZ 85338. El entierro seguirá en el cementerio Holy Cross 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale AZ 85392 aproximadamente a las 12 :00pm.

Jose de Jesus Marquez Castañeda “Chuyo” aged 32, born in Phoenix, Arizona on August 24, 1990. Passed away Saturday October 8, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona.

Jose was a loving and caring young man, had many passions but his favorite being art. He loved to write, read, draw and he had countless sketchbooks which he filled with his favorite visual communication-street art. He would say that was his favorite hobby, he loved to express himself through art. In addition, he loved listening to music, playing basketball, enjoyed working out, and liked hanging out with friends.
Jose was very organized, he was very detail oriented, like he himself would say he was a perfectionist. For example, he would never leave the house without ironing his clothes, specifically his shirt. He cared a lot about his appearance, again with him being a perfectionist, his hair. If his hair wasn’t how he wanted it to be he wasn’t content and fixed it till he was happy, then he would continue in his routine.
He considered himself to be a spiritual person, and him quoting “everything happens for a reason”. If he really wanted something, small or big he tried his best to get it. He had unconditional love for his children, he absolutely adored his babies. They were his biggest inspiration and motivation to keep going everyday.
He is survived by his parents Jesus Marquez and Solia Castañeda. His sons Stonie and Ryder Marquez and his daughter Jerzey Marquez, the mother of his children Talia Colorado. His two younger brothers Oscar and David Marquez and his three younger sisters Jasmine, Noemi and Berenice Marquez.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday October 26, 2022 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm with a rosary starting approximately at 7:15pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85338.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00am on Thursday October 27, 2022 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church 800 W Loma Linda Blvd, Goodyear AZ 85338. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery 9925 W Thomas Rd, Avondale AZ 85392 approximately at 12:00pm.

Bryson Izak Garcia

On September 23, 2022, Bryson passed away unexpectedly  in California due to a tragic automobile accident in which he was a passenger. Bryson is gone far too soon at the age of 22 years old. When you lose a child, you lose an entire lifetime of dreams, hopes, wishes and plans.

Bryson is survived by his parents, Javier Garcia and Tenille Anaya of Arizona, his long time partner, Taylor Schlagenhaft-Thomas, his brothers Jayden Garcia (Tamara), Vincent Garcia, and Landon Garcia of Arizona; his nieces, Gabriella Garcia, Amiyah Garcia, and Camilla Garcia, best friend, Rok Bogdanic, long time friend Del Hagen, and many more wonderful friends and acquaintances; his paternal grandmother, Dora Garcia; and maternal grandparents Trisha Smith and Ted Anaya; Aunt Jennifer (Uncle Ed), Aunt Amanda, Uncle Johnny, and cousins Zeke Garcia, Jacob Rodriguez (Laila), Jada (Gavin) Torres, Zariah and Ella. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Manuel Garcia.

Bryson was born on February 24, 2000 in Clovis, New Mexico. He graduated from Youngker High School in 2018 in Buckeye, Arizona. Bryson enjoyed playing football, basketball, baseball, and even breaking weight lifting records in high school. He was an entrepreneur and an influencer. Although his life was cut short, his spark was felt all over the world. Millions of people worldwide would watch some of his material on social media and got a good laugh. He accomplished in 22 years what most men dream of doing in 75 years! He was taught early on that money is a tool and if used properly then time and freedom would be his at a very young age with plenty of TIME to enjoy sharing his life with his friends, loved ones, and to work on projects he was passionate about. Bryson took the time to teach his younger brothers, Vincent and Landon, about everything he could in hopes it would benefit them someday. He always wanted to make at least one song for fun that would be a hit, to that end he would work with his older brother, Jayden who is a music artist. He enjoyed going to the gym and encouraging many to reach their highest potential. He was dedicated to his clients and to his business ventures. One of his latest projects involved helping as many people as he could to reach their fitness goals by designing a waist trainer. He was just about to launch this product. He enjoyed spending time with his girlfriend, family, friends, and adored nieces. He was so supportive and always wanted you to believe in yourself. Bryson was very adventurous. He enjoyed traveling, hiking, riding his grom  and his corvettes. He dreamt BIG and made a huge impact on the lives he touched.

A celebration of life service for Bryson is scheduled for October 22, 2022 from 1 to 4pm at Thompson Funeral Home (926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338). The service is open to all family, friends, and those whose lives were touched by Bryson. Flowers and condolences can be sent directly to the family or to Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Bryson’s mother, Tenille Anaya, will be having private services at an announced date and time to those invited.

To read a second obituary for Bryson Garcia, please click HERE.

Bryson Garcia

Bryson Izak Garcia of Buckeye, Arizona died September 23, 2022 at the age of 22. He was born February 24, 2000 in Clovis, New Mexico to Javier Garcia and Tenille Anaya. He is survived by his parents, Tenille Anaya and Javier Garcia; brothers Vincent and Landon Garcia; half-brother Jayden Garcia; maternal grandparents Trisha Smith and Ted Anaya; and Paternal Grandmother Dora Garcia.

From a young age, Bryson was known as an outgoing and driven person. He was a freshman in high school when he made the varsity football team as a quarter back. By the age of 22, he had realized his dream of being able to afford a lifestyle to buy vehicles and the goal of retirement by 30. He was an athlete and enjoyed everything from football to cliff jumping.

But Bryson was also known as a gentle soul. He loved to make people happy and to see them smile. He had a love for animals, to cook for family and friends, and had volunteered at food banks and kitchens to help those in need. He loved to be outside, enjoying time by himself or with family and friends. He loved to travel and his next adventure was going to visit a friend in Croatia.

Bryson was raised to give back whenever possible. He would give back in many ways; by experiences, words, gifts, and time. He was reaching the point in his life that he understood time is beauty, and we get limited time so make memories. He also understood that money is not happiness. He knew and understood that it assists in the endeavors of happiness and the ability to DO more, but ultimately happiness is found in much smaller things than money. Bryson found a simple happiness sitting playing Pokémon with his girlfriend Taylor, prank calling his parents, riding his go cart in the rain, and true happiness in helping those in need.

Bryson’s mother, Tenille Anaya, will be having private services at an announced date and time to those invited.

Bryson’s father, Javier Garcia, will be holding a Celebration of Life from 1 to 4pm, Saturday, October 22 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. Mr. Garcia invites those whose lives were touched by Bryson to attend the Celebration of Life.

Thank You so much for your help and assistance during this very emotional difficult time.

To read a second obituary for Bryson Garcia, please click HERE.

 

Shirley Burke

Shirley Lureen Burke, 95, of Avondale, Arizona, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2022, in the presence of loved ones. She is preceded in death by Leo, her loving husband of 44 years and is survived by her children Linda Coventry (Dennis), Thomas Burke (Trudy), Kathleen Burke, Joan Burke-Kelly, William Burke (Ann), Patricia Burke Wong (Wray), Michael Burke (Lorrie), and Mary Burke (Paul Dickson), 26 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren (and counting). Her family and friends will remember Shirley as an avid traveler who was generous, witty, curious, and above all devoted to her family and faith.

A funeral mass will be held for Shirley on October 21st at 10:00 AM at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal, 1604 9th Avenue N. Texas City, TX, 77590. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 7801 Interstate HWY 45, South Texas City, TX 77590.

Shirley was born in Oak Park, Illinois on February 27, 1927, the only child of Fredrick and Virginia (Rice) Hugill. She attended Indiana University and Rosary College and was a lifelong proponent of education. Thanks to her encouragement and planning, all eight of her children pursued college degrees (including doctorates) that prepared them for a variety of successful careers.

To Shirley, who often said, “I don’t like big families,” her large brood required far more patience than even she knew she possessed. She made sure that all of her children were baptized in the Catholic faith, went to weekly Mass, and attended Catholic schools (she maintained these sacrifices alone should grant her an immediate Assumption into Heaven). Above all she taught her children to be good people, diligent, generous and helpful to others.

Shirley’s love of her family was absolute, and up until recently, she could recite each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild’s birth date.

Of her husband, Leo, who passed away in 1993, Shirley always prefaced memories with, “he was the funniest man I ever met.” The two loved to travel and visited dozens of countries, always bringing home funny stories. After his death, she made a point of continuing to travel with family and lifelong friends as much as possible.

Throughout her life, Shirley was fortunate to have lived across the country, spending her final years at Legacy House of Avondale, AZ. Her presence at Legacy House touched the lives of residents and staff alike, who referred to her as “Mama Shirley.” In her last few years, she really enjoyed laughing at her children’s silliness. Shirley’s children would like to extend a special thank you to their sister Pat and her husband Wray who went above and beyond to make sure Shirley received the best of care while having lots of fun.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This was Shirley’s favorite charity; she contributed to this charity for over 40 years.

Socorro Cons

Socorro Moreno Cons, 97, passed away peacefully on October 7th, 2022, at home in Goodyear, Arizona. She was born on May 13, 1925 in Bisbee, Arizona. Socorro and her husband owned and operated Cons Cafe in Avondale until their retirement in 1990. To this day people still request their great Mexican cuisine. While her husband, Loreto, was in the service during WWII, Socorro worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber with a group of women known as “Rosie the Riveter” making parts for the wings of airplanes. Her favorite past times were going the Senior Center, playing bingo, and feeding the birds. Socorro is survived by her sons Richard, Mike, Tony, and daughter Carmen, eight grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Goodyear on Thursday, October 13th at 10:00am, Rosary at 10:30am and Mass at 11:00am. Graveside Service will follow immediately at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Joan Dovilla

Joan Dovilla, of Litchfield Park, Arizona died September 21, 2022 at the age of 94. She was born January 7, 1928 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Craig Stanton

Craig Anthony Stanton has passed away at the age of 56 years old on October 2, 2022.  Craig was born in Mountain View, CA on March 20, 1966 at 10:24 in the morning.

Craig is survived by his parents Bob and Lee Ann Stanton, his wife Patia Stanton and his children Brookelynne Warra, Riika Vaara, Madilynn Stanton and Michaela Stanton, grandchildren Zoe Padilla, George Thomas and Rabbit Vaara.   In addition, he is survived by his older brothers Eric Stanton and Brent Stanton and little sister Susan Jeffer, along with many nieces and nephews they gave him; Stephen, Chandell, Shawnae, Shayla, and Ian. Even still this list of loved ones doesn’t address the many family and friends that he adopted into his life. His Castillo/Mota family, his Vertin/Jensen family, and the many friends of Bill W. he met along the way.

Craig was a VERY devoted father and husband and a beloved grandfather.  His life’s focus was extreme dedications to his wife and family. There is nothing Craig would not do for those that he loved and those in need including being the local handy man, living true to his desire to help and support the communities that he built over the course of his lifetime. Craig loved hiking, photography, fly fishing, truckin’, and most recently was heavily into reading life sciences. Craig was an impressive problem solver and no home improvement project was too big. He found his spirituality was expressed best in his service to others. If we can try to find comfort anywhere during these trying times, it is knowing that Craig brought a little more love into this world and it is forever a better place because of it…

Craig was proud of his early years serving as a firefighter/first responder, but found his true calling on the road as a local commercial truck driver, and maintained this dedication to literally building the world around him over the last 33 years.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 12th at Thompson Funeral Chapel located at 926 S Litchfield Rd.  Goodyear AZ 85338 with a reception to follow at the West Valley Fellowship Club 919 North Dysart Road, Avondale AZ.

Paulina Torres

Paulina Perez De Torres “Columba”, 62 de Buckeye, AZ falleció en su casita rodeada de sus seres queridos y su perrito Chucho el dia 2 de Octubre de 2022 en Buckeye, AZ. En sus últimos días de vida, Paulina tuvo la oportunidad de decir su último adiós a la mayoría de sus familiares y amigos. Algo que ella deseó durante su fallecimiento.

Paulina, conocida como “Columba Perez” por su familia cercana nació en Paso de Corupo, Michoacán Mexico. Hija de J Cruz Perez y Maria Cruz Cardenas. En su niñez pasaba tiempo con sus hermanos jugando a sus juegos favoritos que eran El Bote Pateado, La Rueda de San Miguel y en su adolescencia le encantaba escuchar música y bailar, especialmente bailar zapateado y cumbias. Paulina de joven era callada, tranquila y a veces muy seria, pero cuando se trataba de bailar se olvidaba de su manera de ser. Hay un recuerdo de ella ganando un concurso de baile junto con su hermana Socorro en un baile local. Ella en vida orgullosamente contaba esta historia.

Paulina conoció a su esposo Zacarias Torres en las fiestas de el 16 de Septiembre en 1975. Unos años después Zacarias se animó a preguntarle si quería ser su novia. A partir de ese dia empezaron a salir formalmente y el 1 de Junio de 1981 se casaron por el civil y el 29 de junio de 1981 se casaron por la iglesia. Este año celebraron 41 años de matrimonio Paulina y Zacarías después de casados decidieron empezar una nueva vida juntos en Los Estados Unidos y vivieron y criaron a su familia en Buckeye, Arizona.

Zacarias y Paulina tuvieron 3 hijos: Gricel Torres, Samuel Torres y Daniel Torres. A quienes se refirió como Gricelita, Samuelit0 y Danielito. Paulina era una madre estricta pero muy amorosa. Vivía para sus hijos. Ella les mostró amor haciendo sus comidas favoritas, celebrando sus cumpleaños y regalitos que daba con mucho amor. Paulina siempre les decía a sus hijos “No les puedo dar riquezas, pero siempre les daré mi amor de madre.” Ella siempre enseñó a sus hijos a ser buenos seres humanos, responsables, honorables, cariñosos y amorosos, les enseñó tener fe en Dios y La Virgen. Ella también enseñó a sus hijos a ser luchadores y nunca rendirse. En vida Paulina demostró lo que predicaba porque durante los últimos 5 años luchó por su vida hasta sus últimos días de vida. Ella siempre decía que estaba luchando para mantenerse con vida por su familia, pero especialmente por sus nietos a quienes amaba tanto y quería ver crecer el mayor tiempo posible.

Paulina será recordada como una muy buena cocinera, recordada por su hospitalidad, siempre preocupada si sus invitados habían comido y bebido algo. Será recordada por su apetito porque le encantaba comer la comida mexicana tradicional, especialmente el mole con tamales, le encantaba la coca cola, le encantaba hablar por teléfono con su familia y amigas, le encantaba la música, le encantaban los animales, le encantaban las fiestas, le encantaba la Navidad, El Año Nuevo, y repartir dulces en Halloween. Será recordada manteniendo vivas sus tradiciones mexicanas. Paulina, será recordada como una madre amorosa que luchó siempre por su familia, será recordada como la Tía Columba que amaba mucho a sus sobrinas y sobrinos. Ella será recordada como la hermana que amaba y apreciaba a todos sus hermanos y hermanas. Será recordada como una buena amiga que agradeció las visitas, llamadas y gestos de amor que en vida le brindaban sus amigos y familiares.

Paulina deja atrás a su familia que la extrañará mucho, pero está agradecida con ella por todo el amor y el cuidado que les brindó en vida. Nunca la olvidaremos. Ella siempre estará en nuestro corazón y mente. Estamos seguros de que su espíritu estará siempre con nosotros y nos guiará a través de la vida. Sabemos que la volveremos a ver, pero hasta entonces sabemos que nos cuidará siempre.

A Paulina le sobrevive su esposo Zacarais Torres, quien le mostró su amor no solo a través de la salud, sino sobre todo a través de la enfermedad, por lo que sus hijos Gricel, Samuel y Daniel Torres, le están agradecidos y nunca olvidarán cuánto la cuidó. También le sobreviven sus queridos nietos Aryana Torres, Damien Sanchez, Elise Torres, Samuel Torres, Daniel Torres, Ruben Sanchez y le sobrevive su nueras Krystal Torres y Claudia Meza.

La sobreviven sus hermanos Félix Pérez, José Pérez, Socorro Pérez, cuñada, cuñado, primos y numerosos sobrinos y sobrinas a quienes amaba mucho. Fue precedida en muerte por sus hermanos Eugenio Pérez y José Luis Sanabia y sus hermanas Paulina Pérez y Josefina Pérez También le precedieron en la muerte el niño y la niña que nunca tuvo la oportunidad de criar, pero los mantuvo en su corazón y en su memoria hasta sus últimos días.

El velorio se llevará a cabo de 6:00 p.m. a 9:00 p.m. El 11 de Octubre de 2022 en Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 S Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Se llevará a cabo una misa de 9:00 a.m. a 10:00 a.m. El 12 de Octubre de 2022 en la Iglesia Católica Romana de Saint Henry 24750 W Lower Buckeye Rd, Buckeye, AZ 85326 con servicio de entierro después en el Cementerio Conmemorativo Louis B Hazelton en Buckeye, Arizona.

Charles “Chuck” Watson

Charles Wayne Watson was born April 5th, 1953 in LaPorte, Indiana. He was a loving husband, of 48 years, to Carol Watson (North). Father to Heather Watson (Jim Beaumont) and Charles Watson II ( Amy Cleveland), and Papa to his pride and joy: Reece, Ryan, Emma, and Charlie.  He was the son of Earl Martin and Deloris (DePoy} Watson. Brother to Shanona Watson (Joseph Piegat) and Shelley Watson (Daniel Manogg). Chuck was a friend to anyone who met him. His personality exuded joy in every circumstance. He enjoyed playing the guitar with all of the people in his life. Teaching his family to play was a passion. He looked for every opportunity to encourage all of those around him. He was a patriot and the American flag meant something very special. He was proud to be a Freemason and a Shriner. He very much appreciated his brothers who shared that same commitment. He had a very successful career in the HVAC and sheet metal industry. Chuck firmly believed in Local 20 and all of the other Union brotherhoods. In spite of the health challenges he faced, he believed “I’ve never had a bad day in my life”. All who met him were blessed to be a part of his life. He believed in a hardworking, honest day’s work. But he was always prepared with a joke to lighten the mood. He loved watching his children and grandchildren perform sports and supported all of their teams and teammates. He was a protector and provider, not only to his family but to his community.  Our family will deeply miss the leadership and joy that Dad brought to our lives. He will not be forgotten because of the many ways he impacted all of us. Although he is physically gone, someone so special could never be forgotten for he has left a legacy of love. We love you Dad and will continue to work towards preserving your memory and making you proud.

A visitation will be held at 7pm, Oct 12 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Life will take place at 2pm, Oct. 15 at Palm Valley Church.

Maureen Bohl

Maureen Kathryne Bohl of Avondale, Arizona passed away on October 1, 2022 at the age of 82. She was born November 28, 1939 in Mishawaka, Indiana to Francis “Russ” Noonan, Sr. and Irene Noonan (neé Vens).
Maureen attended St. Bavo’s Catholic grade school and went on to graduate from Mishawaka High School in 1957. After graduating, she worked for the Curtis Wright Corporation in South Bend, Indiana and later for the General Motors Truck Division. In 1959, a mutual friend introduced her to her future husband, Dave Bohl. They were married August 5, 1961, soon after Dave graduated from college. The couple settled in South Bend, Indiana. Maureen continued to work at GM and as a legal secretary while Dave was employed as an engineer with the Bendix Corporation.
Maureen and Dave welcomed their son, Randall on May 16, 1962 and daughter, Danya on April 2, 1964. In the summer of 1966, the family relocated to the Ann Arbor area of Michigan. Maureen did volunteer work at the local school, and eventually took a secretarial job with the Ann Arbor school system and later with the University of Michigan Hospital. In 1974, Maureen and Dave built a home on an acre of land just outside of Chelsea, Michigan. A few years later, Maureen became the assistant to the Director of Special Education for Washtenaw County. Her office was at the Chelsea High School where her children would eventually graduate.
In 1988, the couple moved to the Phoenix area. Maureen retired after the move but still did some volunteer work at the local school. The couple built their home on the south lake of the Garden Lakes subdivision. They always said that if you have to live in the desert, it’s nice to be on a lake. In 2000, Maureen and Dave purchased 1 ½ acres of forested land up on the Rim in Overgaard, Arizona. After clearing a portion of the forest (mostly by themselves), they built their summer residence.
Maureen had always had an interest in sewing, and when the moved to Arizona she joined a sewing group and quilting club. She became very proficient at sewing and later on, with the aid of two computerized sewing machines, did some impressive embroidery work.
In 2016, Maureen was diagnosed with mild dementia after her family noticed she began to lose interest in sewing and other things she liked to do. In 2020, the disease began to progress rapidly and in August 2021, she fell and broke her left hip. The stress from the fall, resulting operation, and two weeks in rehab seemed to increase the progress of the disease even further. In December 2021, the family made the difficult decision that Maureen was no longer safe at home and needed 24-hour care. So, in January of 2022, arrangements were made to place her in the Auberge Memory Care Facility in Peoria. Unfortunately, even though she was receiving wonderful care the Memory Care Facility, she continued to deteriorate. In August of 2022, Maureen began to see a Hospice nurse each week. The hospice nurse was able to ease her pain with medications. They were there for her until the very end.
Maureen is survived by her husband, J. David Bohl; son, Randall Bohl; daughter, Danya Hallsell; granddaughter, Amelia Hallsell; sisters, Kathleen Noonan, Laureen Austin, and Charleen Romanelli; and brother Patrick Noonan. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Franceen Shelby.

A visitation will be held at 8am, Tuesday, October 11, at Thompson Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will begin at 10am and burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery at 11:45am.

Michael Kotecki

Michael Kotecki of Avondale, Arizona died September 25, 2022 at the age of 73. He was born August 26, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Leonard Kotecki and Gloria (nee Frankiewicz) Kotecki.

A more detailed obituary will be posted when available.

Ferdinand Mostert

Ferdinand Mostert, 59, Buckeye AZ, peacefully passed away into the arms of the Lord September 2022. Ferdinand was born January 17, 1963, in Johannesburg, South Africa to Hendrik and Hester Mostert. Ferdinand was a 1981 graduate from a Technical High School and then serviced for 2 years in the South African Arm Forces. After completing his 2 years’ service he started his apprenticeship as an electrician with the South Africa Railways. He then started his career in the NDT field where he immigrated with his family to America. Later, he pursued a rewarding career as a Corrections Officer at Lewis prison. Ferdinand was a strong, compassionate and loving individual that would give the shirt off his back for anyone. He is missed by his son Eugene Mostert, loving parents, Hendrik and Hester Mostert, loving brother and sister, Hennie Mostert and Karina Basson, and aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Shirley Gilley

Shirley Gilley of Avondale, Arizona died September 27, 2022 at the age of 72. She was born September 16, 1950 in Cumberland, Maryland to Albert and Naomi (nee Marple) Mason.

A more detailed obituary will be posted when available.

Isaac Fils

Isaac Fils of Goodyear, Arizona died September 29, 2022 at the age of 91. He was born April 22, 1931 in New York to Israel and Eva (nee Levy) Fils.

A more detailed obituary will be posted when available.

Gino Ranalli

Gino Ranalli of Goodyear, Arizona died September 29, 2022 at the age of 90. He was born July 14, 1932 in Columbus, Ohio to Croce Ranalli and Carmela (nee Pisegna) Ranalli. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

Merton Quaife

Coronel Merton A Quaife MD, a resident of Goodyear AZ and formally of Omaha NE retired to his ” Great Reward” on September 27, 2022 at the age of 90 years.  Merton graduated from Eustis High School in Central Nebraska and then attended college at Nebraska Wesleyan University graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in 1953. His education continued at  the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he received his Doctor of Medicine in 1957. While at Wesleyan, he met and married his lifetime companion and wife Doris of 62 years .Their relationship raised 4 children.
During the development of the family, Merton briefly practiced in Kearney, Nebraska as a “country doctor”.  He then subsequently enlisted in the United States Air Force where he received his Masters of Radiation Biology and progressed to rank of Captain. His military career included stations in Washington DC, Las Vegas, NV, Sacramento CA, Dayton OH, Rochester NY, Albuquerque, NM and lastly at Offutt Air Force base in Omaha NE. Merton attained the rank of full Coronel of the Medical Core.  He was recalled to active duty during Desert Shield and Storm where he served as Deputy Command Surgeon of the Strategic Air Command.   He retired from that position at SAC in 1992.
Merton’s medical career flourished after initially leaving the service working at the Omaha Veterans Administration Hospital and later moving full time to the University of Nebraska as the Director of Nuclear Medicine. Over 30 years, he mentored and educated many students, residents, fellows and physicians at UNMC. He started the first Nuclear Medicine Technology Program in the region and fostered this program over many years. He was respected by professionals throughout the country and world serving on key committees of the AMA, ACNP, SNMMI and ACCP.
Merton is survived by his children Dr Robert (Deb) Quaife, Barbara Quaife and Ronald Quaife, sister Merna Greer and grandchildren, Andrew and Anna Quaife. He was preceded in death by his wife Doris and son Richard.
Merton always had a special place in his heart for his K-9 companions including the family golden labrador Lance who stood by his side either hunting in the fields of Nebraska or taking his daily walks. His other cherished doggie companions over the years were Max, Remington I,II,III, Buffy and Holly.
In Merton’s formative years, he retired to Goodyear, AZ to share the ” Casita” and ” Pool’ with his wife Doris and beloved daughter Barbara. He will be missed dearly by his professional and private friends, his family and most of all Liberty Grace his newest “furry friend” always at his feet.

A service is being planned for a later date at New Song United Methodist Church in Surprise, Arizona. The information will be posted when available.

Steven Cunningham

Steven Alfred Cunningham, 61, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away peacefully on September 26, 2022.

Steve was born on January 19, 1961 to Alfred and Jean Cunningham at RAF Sculthorpe, England. Steve graduated from Oscoda Area High School, Oscoda, Michigan in 1979, he joined the United States Air Force and became a machinist.

While in the Air Force, Steve was stationed at RAF Alconbury, England; KI Sawyer AFB, Michigan; Kunsan, South Korea; RAF Upper Hayford, England; and Andrews AFB, Maryland and then retired and moved to Seaford, Delaware then to Perry, GA.

Steve met his first wife Jackie at RAF Chicksands and they adopted three children; Kristen, Stephanie and Michael.

Steve became a widower in 2014 and later reconnected with his high school sweetheart Lisa (Boik) Watney. They married in 2016 and resided in Goodyear, Arizona where Steve worked at Enterprise Rent A Car.

Steve was predeceased by Father Alfred, first wife Jackie and son Michael.

He is survived by his Wife Lisa Cunningham (Goodyear, AZ), Mother Jean Cunningham (Perry, GA), Son Stevin Watney (Goodyear, AZ), Daughter Kristen Delgadillo (San Diego, CA), Daughter Stephanie Cunningham (Northeast, MD),  Brother Ron  Cunningham (Warner Robbins, GA) and Brother Don Cunningham (Shelbyville, MI).

The family encourages you to leave remembrances in the comments.

Susan Buckhannon

Susan “Susie” Buckhannon, age 73, formerly of Clarksburg, West Virginia passed away surrounded by her family Monday, September 26, 2022 in Goodyear, Arizona. She was a graduate of Brideport High School and Clarksburg Beauty Academy. Susie worked for 35 years as a hair stylist. She also enjoyed cooking and after retirement, went on to cook at the Harrison County Senior Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Susie was known to be a kind soul by everyone.

Susan is survived by her daughter, Courtney Buckhannon Tafoya and her sisters, Janice Alexander Spradlin, and Jo Alexander Sturm. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kiersten Buckhannon, Kaylin Higgins, and Jaren Higgins along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Buckhannon; parents, Thomas and Anna Alexander; brother, John Alexander; and sisters, Mary Mills and Jeannie Cole.

SMSgt Rick L. Wolf

Rick Wolf, 75, was greeted by the Heavenly Father on September 26, 2022, in Surprise, Arizona. A visitation will be held Tuesday, October 4, at 6pm, at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. A memorial service with full military honors will be held October 5, at 10am, in the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rick was born December 7, 1946 in Portland, Oregon to Kenneth “Bud” and Evelyn Wolf. He was the sibling of two sisters and two brothers. In June 1964, he graduated from Jefferson Highschool in Portland, Oregon. Rick enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on January 13, 1965 and attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

He married the lovely Sherry L. Green on July 4, 1982 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a loving and devoted husband, and a great friend to many, known for his loyalty and unquestionable integrity. He had a distinguished military career of 27 plus years; serving his country in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter. His tours of duty included Kindley AFB, Bermuda; Chanute AFB, Illinois; Da Nang AB, Viet Nam; Luke AFB, Arizona; Hahn AB, Germany; Norton AFB, California; Gila Bend AFAF, Arizona; Tyndall AFB, Florida; Comiso AB, Sicily; Ramstein AB, Germany; and Peterson AFB, Colorado.

Rick retired from the U.S. Air Force in April 1992, and served as a Contract Fire Officer in Turkey, Ascension Island, Diego Garcia, and Iraq. Additionally, he served two tours with the Department of Defense at Gila Bend AFAF as a Fire Protection Quality Assurance Evaluator for the 56th Range Management Office, Luke AFB, Arizona.

Rick was lifelong athlete and spent several years playing slow pitch softball around the world; winning many championships. He also coached and played on several base softball teams. However, his favorite activity was golf; winning several military tournaments to include the base championship at Incerlik AB, Turkey. In full retirement, he thoroughly enjoyed traveling the seven seas with his wife.

He is survived by his bride of 40 years, Sherry of Buckeye, Arizona; brothers, Stephen Wolf of Portland, Oregon, one sister, Kevin Christianson from Shelton, Washington; and multiple loving nieces, nephews and numerous grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bud and Evelyn, his sister Lynda Marie, and his father-in-law Kenneth R. Green, MSgt, USAF, retired, and mother-in-law Mary Louise Green.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Arizona. To donate by phone, please call 602-258-7505. To donate by mail, sent a check to: American Lung Association of Arizona. 102 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85003

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